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Hepatitis A


Friday, April 5, 2013
Health Department Warns Patrons of A West Village Restaurant Of Possible Exposure To Hepatitis A From March 23 To April 2
In response to a case of Hepatitis A in a food handler at Alta restaurant in the West Village, the Health Department today urges patrons who ate dessert at the restaurant between March 23rd and April 2nd to get Hepatitis A vaccination as a precautionary measure. Hepatitis A is spread by putting something in your mouth (even though it might look clean) that has been contaminated with traces of fecal matter from an infected person. Symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin), fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea.
PRESS RELEASE # 009-13




Choose Less Sodium


Monday, April 1, 2013
Health Department Launches Ad Campaign Encouraging Consumers to Purchase Lower Sodium Packaged Foods
The Health Department launched a new ad campaign encouraging consumers to compare nutrition labels and choose products with less sodium. The ads, running in subway cars, highlight the large range of sodium in packaged foods and encourage consumers to “Compare Labels. Choose Less Sodium.” The ads will run through the month of April.
PRESS RELEASE # 008-13




Sugary Drink Portion Rule


Thursday, March 28, 2013
National Organizations File Amicus Briefs in Support of New York City's Sugary Drink Portion Rule
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley announced that two amicus (friend of the court) legal briefs have been filed to support the City's appeal of the lower court denial of the sugary drink portion cap rule.
PRESS RELEASE # 116-13




Smoke Free Air Act


Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Smoke-Free Air Act
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley today celebrated the 10th anniversary of New York City's Smoke-Free Air Act by releasing a report highlighting the legislation's local, national and global impact.
PRESS RELEASE # 114-13




TB Report 2012


Thursday, March 21, 2013
Health Department Data Shows Record Low Tuberculosis Rate in New York City
The Health Department released new figures showing that New York City’s tuberculosis rate has dropped to a record low of 8 cases per 100,000 people, reflecting national trends and the combined efforts of the Health Department, healthcare providers and community leaders to expand TB control procedures.
PRESS RELEASE # 007-13




Sodium


Monday, March 18, 2013
The Mayor Announces New Legislation to Further Reduce The Smoking Rate
Mayor Michel R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley, Finance Commissioner David Frankel and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz announced new legislation that builds on New York City's success in reducing smoking rates over the last decade.
PRESS RELEASE # 102-13




Portion Limit


Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs, Health Commissioner Farley and Supporters Visit Restaurant Voluntarily Adopting City's Sugary Beverage Portion Size Limit
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer today visited Lucky’s Restaurant on East 34th Street to thank the owners for recognizing the health impacts of sugary beverages and deciding to limit the size of those beverages.
PRESS RELEASE # 0191-13




Sodium


Monday, March 11, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Health Commissioner Farley Release New Data Highlighting Strong Relationship Between Sugary Drink Consumption and Obesity
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley released new data showing the strong correlation between sugary drink consumption and obesity. The data, from the New York City Community Health Survey, looks at the relationship between sugary drink consumption and obesity by neighborhood and shows that in each of the five boroughs, those neighborhoods with higher rates of consumption of sugary drinks tended to have higher obesity rates.
PRESS RELEASE # 088-13




Gay Men


Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Health Department Issues New Vaccination Recommendations for Men at Greatest Risk for Contracting Meningitis
The Health Department issued new recommendations for vaccinating against invasive meningococcal disease – commonly known as meningitis – after an increase in cases. Vaccinations are now advised for men, regardless of HIV status, who regularly have intimate contact with other men met through a website, digital application (“App”), or at a bar or party.
PRESS RELEASE # 006-13




Nicotine Patch


Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Health Department Kicks Off 8th Nicotine Patch and Gum Program
The Health Department begins its nicotine patch and gum program to help New Yorkers quit smoking. The program, in partnership with the New York State Smokers’ Quitline, will run through Thursday March 21st. Now in its eighth year, the hard-hitting-media-driven nicotine patch and gum program has helped more than 350,000 New Yorkers in their efforts to quit smoking. In conjunction with the launch of the program, two of the most memorable ads will run on air, online and in print. These ads, entitled “Separation” and “Cigarettes are Eating You Alive,” show smoking’s devastating health consequences as well as the impact it has on the families who lose smokers to illness.
PRESS RELEASE # 005-13



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